Edwards Endorses Obama

Move could help Democratic front-runner with working-class whites
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 14, 2008 6:40 PM CDT
Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., right, is joined by former Democratic presidential hopeful, John Edwards, at a rally in Grand Rapids, Mich., Wednesday, May 14, 2008.    (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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(Newser) – John Edwards endorsed Barack Obama today, calling him the one person who can bring about the "one America" that will bridge the divide between rich and poor and rebuild the nation's "moral authority." Edwards, who dropped out of the race in January, joined Obama in Michigan for the announcement, the Wall Street Journal reports. His backing could help Obama with his weak spot—working-class white voters.

“There is one man who knows in his heart that it is time to tear down that wall and make one America—Barack Obama," said Edwards, setting up the general election as the "fight of our lives." A spokesman for Hillary Clinton said that while her camp respected Edwards, West Virginia voters proved "this thing is far from over."